In the course of my studies I have seen a lot of research on the importance and value of a mother. But fathers are important too. Recently BYU has had several news releases about studies done there on the importance of fathers – fathers teach persistence, quantity time with dad really is quality time, and one from last year – father’s continue to have an influence after children leave home.
Children need both a mother and a father. They meet different needs children have. “Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity” (The Family: A Proclamation to the World).
I feel truly blessed that I have such a wonderful father and mother. Both of them taught me so much and are wonderful examples of the positive influence parents have on children. Our home was a happy home based on the teachings of Christ. The “principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities” were always a part of our home and gave us the foundation we needed to be successful in life.